Ready For A New Sheriff - And Response

Monday, January 6, 2014

The election season has certainly begun and the Sheriff's race seems to be front and center. I don't wish to publicly endorse anyone but I am a Republican and will vote in the  May Republican Primary. 

Putting politics aside I'm ready for a different Sheriff. In the past few years my mouth has dropped to the floor when the current Sheriff made statements about a post Civil War slave rebellion and white people being scared because of a black President. Are we really still living with that mentality? Sheriff Hammond, most people have put those feelings behind them. A person's race is not the issue. And sending our youth to the funeral home is not the solution. Our youth are in the streets and not in church. They have a gang of thugs for a family but no mom and dad. I hoped you as the Sheriff would stand as a leader and work with community leaders to present solutions; you have not. 

It looks like one other candidate is in the race and possibly two. There's still time for even more to jump in but with the deadline weeks away I doubt that will occur. I'll look at the other candidate or candidates and decide who to cast my vote for. I know I will vote for a different Sheriff. 

Joan Webb
Chattanooga 

* * * 

Joan Webb, 

I find it very interesting that you can point out a major problem we have in society today but someone we hired through the election process to fix it must remain silent. "Our youth are in the streets and not in church" as well as "They have a gang of thugs for a family, but no mom and dad," hit the nail on the head.  

Our fine sheriff puts the word out that he is going to go after them and all of a sudden he is a raciest? Give me a break lady. What do you want him to do, ask the men to man up and go home and raise their children and abide by a family structure that makes for a better society? Since Sheriff Hammond is white I guess you're saying this only applies to African American citizens. If so, you are dead wrong. It's across the board and nothing will ever get fixed with your attitude.  This is not the time or place to play the "race card."

"A person's race is not the issue." You said it and I agree, but I wonder why you made it just that. Remember how our former sheriff, Billy Long, dealt with the race other than his. He worked with one man (of a different race) to help the flow of drugs while extorting other races (other than his) to sell protection. That doesn't work well for me.  

Sheriff Jim Hammond is a stand up guy and has done a lot to improve our Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. He has my vote and I hope that anyone who wants a sheriff that will not tolerate crime will vote to re-elect Sheriff Jim Hammond. 

J. Pat Williams


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Erlanger Gains Come On The Backs Of Employees

After reading Roy Exum's glowing praise of Erlanger's management team and their deserved bonus I must offer a different view. This bonus is earned on the backs of the faithful and dedicated employees who serve the patients and provide the high quality care. The employees have always borne the brunt of being on the loosing end when it comes to compensation; most recently we ... (click for more)

Girl, 12, Stabs Boy, 13, Twice At Lookout Valley Middle High School

A female student stabbed a male student twice at Lookout Valley Middle High School on Thursday morning. It happened in a middle school classroom. Sheriff Jim Hammond the students are seventh graders.The girl is 12 and the boy 13. He  said the boy was taken by ambulance and went into surgery after the mid-morning stabbing.  He said the boy received a superficial ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Officer Who Fired At Vehicle That Backed Toward Him; Attorney Vows To Fight To Reverse Decision

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Abbott Fuels Late Rally, Sale Creek Trips Whitwell, 68-57

Hayden Abbott, one of several Sale Creek basketball seniors honored between games Thursday night, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to key a fourth-quarter comeback and lead the District 6-A regular season champion Panthers to a stirring 68-57 victory over the gutty Whitwell Tigers. “Hayden hit some big shots that got some momentum going for us, got the crowd back into the game and ... (click for more)

McCallie Promotes Three in Athletics Dept

McCallie School has announced the promotion of three employees into administrative roles in the Athletic Office. Jeff Romero, Mike Newman and Ralph Potter have all been promoted to new or reconfigured positions.  “From a practical standpoint, responsibilities of a modern athletic program have grown beyond the ability of a single person to manage,” said Associate Headmaster ... (click for more)